CDHS Awards Child Welfare Training System Contract to Kempe
August 22, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DENVER (August 22,2018) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has awarded a $4.7 million annual contract to the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect (Kempe) to continue running the state’s Child Welfare Training System (CWTS).
In conjunction with the Governor Hickenlooper’s child welfare plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy,” CDHS partnered with counties to redesign the Colorado’s Child Welfare Training Academy in 2013 to ensure that new child welfare caseworkers and supervisors are consistently trained and certified. The redesign also included decentralized training and increasing adult-learning opportunities for the more than 2,100 county child welfare caseworkers and supervisors in Colorado, as well as foster parents.
In partnership with Kempe, CDHS has delivered the training and coaching necessary to support the successful implementation of systemic practice changes in child welfare such as a differential response model and the use of new safety and risk assessment model and tools. CWTS has also delivered critical training on enhanced screening methods necessary for operations of the new Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting System.
CDHS was awarded the contract to the incumbent, Kempe, as a result of a competitive procurement process. Over the past 5 years, Kempe and their CWTS partners have:
- provided pre-service training for over 2500 new caseworkers, 350 new supervisors, 150 mid-level managers, 3000 new foster parents;
- delivered in-service learning opportunities to more than 6,000 individual learners and leaders each year;
- designed more than 120 new in-service courses; and
- created online training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect that has been completed by more than 100,000 mandatory reporters in the state.
“Kempe has a proven track record for innovating and implementing significant reforms and multifaceted, complex projects in child welfare, and for designing, developing and delivering educational systems at national, state, and county levels” said Reggie Bicha, executive director for CDHS.
Since assuming management of the CWTS in 2013, Kempe has transformed training in Colorado through:
- regionalizing training,
- creating practice simulations,
- integrating CWTS’s leadership coaching program, and
- flipping the classroom by engaging Colorado’s learners and leaders in dynamic learning via technology, anytime, from anywhere.
“We attribute our success to one guiding principle: an unwavering commitment to listen, understand and effectively respond to the needs of human services learners and leaders and to work as partners to create solutions that best serve children, youth, and families” said Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH, executive director for Kempe. “The CWTS team at Kempe believes the way to truly increase capacities and skills is to engage souls. We are excited to continue to partner with the State of Colorado to manage this invaluable component of Colorado’s child welfare system.”